Certificate IV in Indigenous Environmental Health

This qualification covers workers who are operational in a range of Population Health projects/programs particularly in relation to Indigenous Environmental Health. Workers at this qualification level apply competencies within routines, methods and procedures where discretion and judgement would be required under very broad guidance in the fulfilment of work likely to be allocated by a Population Health professional. These workers may be responsible for limited organisation of the work of others.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Indigenous environmental health worker

Environmental health worker

Indigenous public health officer

Environmental field support officer Aboriginal community

Environmental health officer



18 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

7 core units

11 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group B electives - at least 3 units required from this group

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCCD619B Establish and maintain community, government and business partnerships

add topic CHCORG405D Maintain an effective work environment

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

add topic HLTPOP501C Apply a population health framework

add topic HLTPOP502C Work with the community to identify health needs

add topic HLTPOP503C Plan a population health project

add topic HLTPOP504C Evaluate a population health project

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Group B electives - at least 3 units required

At least 3 electives are to be selected from the following units.

add topic HLTPOP322C Implement a disaster plan

add topic HLTPOP409C Identify pest control strategies

add topic HLTPOP412C Develop a plan of action to address land care issues in the community (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTPOP311C )

add topic LGAEHRW505B Implement strategies to minimise the impact of waste on the environment

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

Selection from the following list is recommended.

add topic CHCAD603A Provide systems advocacy services

add topic CHCCD402A Develop and provide community education projects

add topic CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework

add topic CHCCD413D Work within specific communities

add topic CHCCD505D Develop community resources

add topic CHCCD508C Support community action

add topic CHCCD509C Support community leadership

add topic CHCCD514A Implement community development strategies

add topic CHCCH301B Work effectively in social housing

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCOM504A Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication

add topic CHCCS403B Provide brief intervention

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCNET402A Establish and maintain effective networks

add topic CHCORG423B Maintain quality service delivery

add topic CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation

add topic CHCORG620C Promote and represent the service

add topic CHCORG621C Act as a resource to other services

add topic CHCORG627B Provide mentoring support to colleagues

add topic CHCPOL301B Participate in policy development

add topic CHCPOL403B Undertake research activities

add topic CHCPROM401B Share health information

add topic CHCTC302A Provide client-centred telephone counselling

add topic CUFWRT301A Write content for a range of media

add topic CUFWRT403A Write narration and current affairs material

add topic HLTPOP401C Maintain a population health database

add topic HLTPOP402C Assess readiness for and effect behaviour change

add topic HLTPOP405C Use media to disseminate information

add topic HLTPOP406C Utilise an interpreter

add topic HLTPOP407C Develop population health competencies in other people

add topic HLTPOP505C Build capacity to promote health

add topic LGACOM407B Manage finances within a budget

add topic LGACOM503B Prepare a budget

add topic PSPPM402B Manage simple projects

add topic RTD4802A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

Oral health electives

add topic CHCOHC303A Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries